ASU Football Student-Athletes Participate in 'Wright to Dream Literacy Camp'

July 17, 2007

Tempe, Ariz. - Forty Arizona State football student-athletes will serve as the principle group of tutors for Cesar Chavez High School's 'Wright to Dream Literacy Camp' to be held July 25-27, 2007 at the school. In addition, new Sun Devil Head Coach Dennis Erickson will be speaking to the students on the opening day of the program.

This reading and writing tutoring program for the entering freshman class is a proactive literacy program that provides one-on-one instruction to create a bridge for students entering high school. More than 700 incoming freshman will be participating in the program. The one-on-one instruction makes it possible to provide new pathways for learning that remove learning barriers for students.

'Coach Erickson has encouraged his football team to participate in this program and take time out of their busy schedules to make a difference with youth making the transition to high school. By conducting this tutoring, his football team is doing its part to create a world where no one is left out,' says Scott Gayman, Principal of Cesar Chavez High School. 'We are excited to work with these football players, it is a great experience for our students.'

The main sponsor, Toby Wright, is underwriting the majority of the cost of the program, which is being funded entirely by donations. Wright is a former strong safety for the University of Nebraska and the St. Louis Rams, where he spent nine seasons. Wright will also be a volunteer tutor at the program.

For more information on the 'Wright to Dream Literacy Camp', please contact Mr. Jean Boyd, Associate Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Development at (480) 965-0989 or log on to www.literacycamp.com.

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